What You Can Take Home From China

An official seal must be attached to any item created between 1795 and 1949 that is taken out of China; older items cannot be exported. But, in fact, you are highly unlikely to find any genuine antiques, so this is moot (however, a genuine antiques dealer would know how to obtain the seal).

leave China, although sometimes not more than half the total sum for which you can produce receipts, and sometimes these receipts must be not more than 3 months old.

Hotel exchange desks will only change money for their guests but are open very long hours, 7 days a week. Banking hours vary from branch to branch but are limited on Saturday, and banks are closed on Sunday. For more information, see "Banks, Currency Exchanges & ATMs" in the "Fast Facts: Beijing" section of chapter 3. EXCHANGE RATE The yuan is pegged to the U.S. dollar, trading between ¥8.276 and ¥8.28 to 1 U.S. dollar, and is only allowed to move within a band of .2%. For all other currencies, strength in comparison to the yuan is a matter of strength in comparison to the U.S. dollar. The pound sterling has recently been trading at around $1.56 and ¥12.95, the euro at $1.07 and ¥8.87. The latest rates can be found at www.xe.com/ ucc.

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Antique Collecting

Antique Collecting

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